Science Communication Minor

The minor in Science Communication consists of three (3) required courses, one (1) additional course in written, or, or visual communication, and one (1) additional science course beyond the General Education requirements of Domain II-B, as follows:

Three (3) required courses:

  • COMM 215 Science Communication
  • ENGL 311 Writing about Science
  • SCOM 495 Internship in Science Communication*

* Upon request, internships will be arranged for students who meet the prerequisites for SCCO 495. Application and deadline information is available on the program website.

One (1) course in written, oral, or visual communication:
NOTE: Science Communication is an interdepartmental minor, and as such, students may only take one course from their major to count toward this minor. Accordingly, Communication Arts majors may not take courses in this group with a COMM prefix and English majors may not take courses with an ENGL prefix to satisfy requirements for this minor.

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking
  • COMM 130 Visual Communication
  • COMM 200 Design for Integrated Media
  • COMM 201 Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • COMM 213 Advanced Public Speaking
  • COMM 214 Introduction to Acting
  • COMM 226 Writing for Visual Media
  • COMM 260 Voice and Articulation
  • COMM 280 Introduction to Film Production
  • COMM 328 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • ENGL 225 Introduction to Journalism
  • ENGL 280 Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 286 Professional Writing
  • ENGL 335 Feature Writing
  • ENGL 377 Writing for Online and Social Media

One (1) additional science course beyond the General Education requirements of Domain II-B:
Upon completion of Domain II-B General Education Requirements, students must take one (1) other science course from the list below. The course must have a prefix different from their major and from the other General Education courses they have completed.

  • ASTR 123 Practical Astronomy
  • ASTR 220 The Solar System
  • ASTR 230 Stars and Galaxies
  • BIOL 101 Biological Concepts (with Lab) or
    • BIOL 109 Introduction to Biological Science (with Lab) or
    • BIOL 130 Principles of Biology (with Lab)
  • BIOL 103 Biological Perspectives on Environmental Issues
  • BIOL 112 Biology of Marine Organisms (with Lab)
  • BIOL 114 A Human Perspective on Genetics
  • BIOL 142 Introduction to Human Biology (with Lab)
  • BIOL 160 Introduction to Organismal Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 203 Plants and Society
  • CHEM 101 The Chemistry of Life
  • CHEM 103 General Chemistry (with Lab)
  • CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry (with Lab)
  • CHEM 108  Principles of Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis (with Lab)
  • CHEM 131 Science – Environment and Health (with Lab)
  • EASC 131 Conversations with the Earth: An Introduction to Geology
  • EASC 241 Introduction to Meteorology
  • EASC 246 Oceanography (Gen. Ed. Domain II-B)
  • ENVS 101  Introduction to Environmental Science
  • FDSC 151 Principles of Food Science
  • FDSC 161 Introduction to Food Science and Technology (with Lab)
  • GEOL 231 Physical Geology (with Lab)
  • GEOL 232 Historical Geology: The Evaluation of Earth and Life Through Deep Time (with Lab)
  • NUTR 205 Nutrition Science and Applications
  • PHSC 109 Introduction to Physical Science (with Lab)
  • PHYS 111 Physics, Nature, and Society (with Lab)
  • PHYS 201 Introductory Physics (with Lab)
  • PHYS 211 Principles of Physics I (with Lab)

NOTE: Students minoring in science communication are also recommended to take a course in statistics.


Effective as of the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog